Open Thread

I’ve noticed over the past week that a bunch of Never Trump Republicans have started to write things along the line of, “I was hoping Biden would prove a moderate”. This is utter bull. Joe Biden has been in public life for half a century – everyone familiar with politics knows that Biden is both a liar and a bully. Everything that Biden is doing was predicted before the election and no one is stupid enough to have actually fallen for the Op which put Biden in office. And we know the real reason the Never Trump wanted Trump out – because he was wrecking the Tru-Con game of talking a big fight and then rolling over for the Left. This new Never Trump effort is an attempt to get back into the con – getting back, that is, into getting respect and money from us. Nothing doing. Never Trump made it’s choice and it is irrevocable – they no longer get a say in what we’re going to do.

Joe Biden is firing just about everyone Trump hired. Noted. When we next take the White House, the first Executive Order is to fire every single Democrat appointee effective immediately. This is pre-civil war stuff, to be sure: a complete overturn of personnel and policy as different parties win. So be it. It is what the Democrats want. They can end this any time they choose – all they have to do is start to treat us decently.

Glen Reynolds notes that the FBI isn’t very good at catching actual bad guys. Time and again a crime is committed by a “known wolf” and we’ve also seen how whom the FBI goes after is based on just about anything except what is right. I’ve called for abolishing the FBI for years – and it seems pretty clear to me that the FBI’s reputation is mostly based on good PR.

Here’s something you’ve never heard of because it doesn’t fit the Narrative: white guys falsely convicted of murdering a black man….and the conviction was done because it was felt necessary to punish some white person, any white person.

As I’ve said, BLM does have a point. Just how many people are sitting in jail right now because politics required it? We’ll never know, will we? But we’ve seen this sort of thing time and time again…people being railroaded by police and prosecutors for political reasons. The police and prosecutors are supposed to be the impartial tribunes of the law…but, clearly they are not, at least in areas where Democrats have a Narrative to support. I’m not quite sure how we reform our way out of this – in the Constitution, we’re supposed to have a speedy trial, and maybe that is the fix? You arrest someone – well, you’ve got a week to put him on trial and if you can’t, he walks. For good. If you do, after all, have real proof of guilt, you should be good to go, right? And if you don’t – if you’re trying to apply pressure for a guilty plea or working on someone to provide false testimony – then having only a week to get that done means you probably can’t do it.

Segregation is being pushed by the Left on college campus because they believe – probably correctly – that this is the way to build hardened cadres of foot soldiers…people who will become entirely infused with the Critical Race Narrative who will then go out, degree in hand, to rise into positions of authority in corporate and government bureaucracies. We must make Critical Race Theory illegal in the United States.

Biden’s You Tube videos are getting so many downvotes that You Tube is going to remove that function. Must protect The Precious!

68 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. fieldingclaymore April 2, 2021 / 11:28 am

    Good jobs numbers. Joe Biden, Great President or Greatest President?

    • Amazona April 2, 2021 / 11:30 am

      You’re a day late, Fielding. April Fools was yesterday.

    • Cluster April 2, 2021 / 11:32 am

      You’re a good German Fielding.

      • Amazona April 2, 2021 / 11:54 am

        C’mon, Cluster, can’t you see he was just being sarcastic? Not even Fielding is stupid enough to be serious about that, but he does like to see if he can get people to react to stupidity.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 10:13 am

        And it was

  2. Amazona April 2, 2021 / 11:29 am

    a bunch of Never Trump Republicans have started to write things along the line of, “I was hoping Biden would prove a moderate”.

    Let’s run that through the handy-dandy Amazona translator:

    “I was hoping Biden would be not so awful he makes it impossible to justify voting for him just because I have a personal animus toward Trump in spite of his record of governing exactly the way I say I want the country to be governed.”

  3. Cluster April 2, 2021 / 11:30 am

    … hardened cadres of foot soldiers…people who will become entirely infused with the Critical Race Narrative who will then go out, degree in hand, to rise into positions of authority in corporate and government bureaucracies.

    That has already happened Mark. Sandy Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and the myriad of federal bureaucrats and big tech execs are all graduates of Democrat Leftist indoctrination camps and they are now calling the shots. Sure, the GOP may pick up some seats in 2022, but don’t kid yourself, the deep state bureaucracies and big corporations now run this country. The political parties are just for show.

    As I’ve said, BLM does have a point.

    Please elaborate because for the life of me, I fail to see any constructive point this fascist group has advocated. If this group was true to their beliefs, shouldn’t they be headquartered in Chicago?

    They can end this any time they choose – all they have to do is start to treat us decently.

    And please explain this line of thinking to me. Why in the world would you care if fascists “treated you decently”? They should all be very worried about what we will do to them if they insist on imposing their mental illness on this country. There are no gray areas anymore.

    Again, and only in my opinion, America is now experiencing what Germans went through in the 1930’s and we had better wake up to that fact. Some of you should also know that I am not yet in the clock tower lol.

    • Amazona April 2, 2021 / 11:50 am

      deep state bureaucracies and big corporations now run this country.

      Agreed. And this is why the narrative of “they just HATE Trump so much” had to be created. Because they could not admit they FEARED him because he, of all people, understood the underbelly of national control and started to dismantle it.

      Oh, there was hatred of Trump, but it was ginned up and promoted and fed to the silly and the malicious and the mentally frivolous and the emotionally fragile and yes, it did grow and become quite obvious. But the real reason every single thing that could possibly be brought to bear on getting him out of power was that he understood the pernicious power of the embedded bureaucracy, the dangers of political appointees making legislative decisions, and he had a plan for whittling away at this. That made him dangerous and that made him such a threat he had to go.

      As I’ve said, BLM does have a point

      The only thing, literally the ONLY legitimate point BLM makes is that yes, black lives do matter. But that is an emotionally manipulative platitude and because it does not go on to admit that all lives matter it cancels out any legitimacy it might have had. And, if course, I am talking only about the public persona of BLM, the face it presents when it wants approval.

      The real BLM has a point only if you are an ardent America-hating hardcore Marxist intent on destroying this country as it was founded and replacing it with a newer but still fatally flawed version of the old USSR.

      all they have to do is start to treat us decently.

      I agree with Cluster. This says that we should be dependent on being “treated decently” by those determined to enslave us. Shades of the old claims of how well treated those darkies were on the plantations!

      No, I am with Cluster here—-F’em It is not up to a class of racist anti-American thugs to treat us “decently”. It is up to them to get out of our way.

      As for comparisons to 1930s Germany, in many ways I agree, I think the most obvious and egregious example is the use of the old Nazi tactic of turning some groups of people against others. I don’t think this iteration of upcoming tyrants are focused on world domination, but then why should they be, when they have proved that they can take over the world without firing a shot? But I do see a lot of comparisons in the tactics of creating social disorders and then building upon them to divide the nation into conflicting demographics so they can be turned against each other. And the promotion of decadence is part of that whole strategy.

      Go back and watch “Cabaret” to see the links between moral decadence and accepting tyranny.

      • Cluster April 2, 2021 / 12:02 pm

        It is up to them to get out of our way.

        Well said, and that’s exactly the mentality all conservatives need to adopt. No more gray areas. No more acceptance of their worldview.

      • Mark Noonan April 2, 2021 / 8:58 pm

        You got that right – our moral decay is inviting our enslavement. But as for BLM having a point – my view is that they are correct in that the laws are selectively enforced. What they miss is that the laws are created by upper class, white Liberals whom BLM votes for. They haven’t thought the matter all the way through. Well, most of them haven’t – I do know some left-of-center black people who have figured it out.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 10:31 am

        Just how many people are sitting in jail right now because politics required it? I’d say not nearly as many as those who never saw a jail, or probably never even saw a courtroom, because politics required it. For a long time now we have had different laws for different folks.

        An example: Illegal aliens are seldom if ever ticketed or prosecuted for traffic violations. Why bother? They don’t have drivers licenses, they won’t show up for court, and basically there is no way to track or prosecute them for breaking the law. So “the law” just looks the other way. This is hardly oppression of the melanin-enhanced. It’s just sheer legislative laziness, or more likely cowardice. It’s just too complicated, and too fraught with political trip wires, to deal with the many issues surrounding how to handle people who break our immigration laws and then break other laws after they get here, and the easiest thing to do is just look the other way.

        We have just seen blatant examples of selective law enforcement for the past year as people have rioted, engaged in rampant property destruction, destroyed businesses, killed people and tried to kill others and in general violated pretty much every single law in each city where this has taken place. And the perpetrators have been, even if symbolically detained, given a pass. Yet some people from the other side of the political aisle, engaging in a relatively minor (though very stupid) piece of theater have been dubbed “traitors”, “insurrectionists”, “seditionists” and blamed for what has been cast as the most terrifying violent anti-American blah blah blah riot of all time.

        Go to traffic court with proof that your speedometer was defective and you didn’t have any way to know you were going over the speed limit and the judge will tell you that’s not the point—you either were or you weren’t and if you were then you are guilty. But be a prominent Democrat politician who violates many very important and significant laws, endangering national security along the way, and there is no prosecution because she didn’t come right out and admit her intention was to break those laws. Get talked into driving the getaway car for your bank robber cousin and if he kills someone in the robbery you are guilty of murder even if you never intended for anyone die, didn’t even know your cousin had a gun. Even if the bank teller dies of a heart attack because of the stress of being robbed you can be prosecuted, but you are not a well-connected political figure so that’s just the way it is.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 10:58 am

        No more acceptance of their worldview.

        I don’t think most really accept their worldview—they just don’t know what to do about it except duck their heads, tuck their tails between their legs and try to work around it. And to be fair, it’s only recently that their worldview has been stripped of its old pious disguises of fairness and equality and all the other buzzwords the Left has used to hide its true intent and strategy.

        And now we know, now it is out in the open. Now there is no effort to hide the fact that the Left demands that we bend the knee to tyranny, meekly submit and offer ourselves, our children and our personal treasure on the altars of equity and oppression.

        Some of us have always known, but now it is so blatant even the moderates can see it, even the squishes who have a hard time committing to anything can see it. And this is what it takes to start the pendulum to swing the other way. It starts with awareness, and true awareness does not come from being lectured, or scolded, or threatened. It starts with that little personal intellectual “twang” that says “that just ain’t right!” and grows from that. And I think there is a lot of “twanging” going on right now.

        I do think we need to throw a little gasoline on that fire, to mix a couple of metaphors. For example, now that the mental decline of Joe Biden is on full display, so even Democrats are having to acknowledge it, and many Biden voters are having buyer’s remorse, I think it is time to make two very big and very important observations, loudly and often. One is that this is not new, that the Agenda Media callously covered for him to trick people into voting for him, and one is that this is what happens when people let their emotions (like personal dislike for someone based on personality or gossip) influence really important decisions like how to run the country.

        Here is where no gentleness, no subtlety, should be employed, Here is where we should be totally in-your-face. Here is where we should be blunt and merciless—“Just what the hell did you EXPECT when you let the media tell you Joe Biden was mentally fit, when everyone else could see he was being propped up and used like a meat puppet?” “What did you EXPECT when you emoted instead of thinking and voted for a system that has historically represented tyranny and oppression, you moron!”

    • jdge1 April 3, 2021 / 9:03 am

      Back in the days when I was first exposed to politicians talking to their opponent, there was an outward element of civil decorum and respect. These days there’s open talk from the left about destroying any and all opposition – literally. The opposition being conservative’s & conservative values, Christians, Jews and other religious people, people who believe in the value of the US Constitution, even people in elected positions. I’ve little doubt there are people in positions of power who are actively working toward that direction too. Seems near every day we hear of another person being added to the current administration wanting to force us into unacceptable immoral and / or unlawful positions.

      The tools the left is using are the same tools Germany used in the takeover of half of Europe prior to & during WWII. The tools the left is using are the same ones China currently uses to shackle half their population. Much the same with Russia, Cuba or any other socialist country. First, steal positions of power or buy their compliance (money, appointments, inclusions) or threaten those who stand in your way (blackmail, coercion, physical harm or death of person, family & friends). Second, stripping away the rights of the citizens to own arms or other freedoms. Third, eliminate any other resistance. All of these facets of control are being called upon in the by the left. Steal, buy or threaten positions of power, ban guns & ammunitions, ridicule / diminish / eliminate the opposition. And today, they are no longer doing it in small increments or even covertly.

      • Retired Spook April 3, 2021 / 10:46 am

        These days there’s open talk from the left about destroying any and all opposition – literally.

        Have you noticed, though, that the talk about putting Trump supporters in re-education camps has stopped like someone flipped a switch? I saw a number of comments on various sites like “bring it on,” and “well, they can try.” It must not have polled well — duh. It was mostly “journalists,” like Eugene Robinson, the WAPO columnist. I would bet they not only got cease and desist orders from elected Democrats, but probably more than a few death threats from Trump supporters.

  4. Amazona April 2, 2021 / 12:11 pm

    @TaraLaRosa “If everything is reopened, … how are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine? The CDC and the Biden administration needs to come out a lot bolder and say if you’re vaccinated you can do all these things, here are all these freedoms that you can have.”

    See? Pay more attention to Spook, guys, and his Rules of Holes. Stand back and let them dig themselves in deeper, and pretty soon they will admit what they used to try to hide—-that they seek control over all our freedoms and are just looking for leverage to be able to accomplish that.

    Now they’ve got this vaccine panic thing to work with. Covid panic didn’t work, at least not to the extent they wanted it to. Sure, they got a lot of foolish people running around wearing face diapers and virtue signaling because they bought into the various levels of nonsense the Left associated with this hive behavior—–they were not just being “responsible” by “helping control the spread” they were actually being more moral by doing so. It was a trifecta of Leftist success—-submission to authority, acceptance of political inventions and that oh-so-necessary Shortcut To The Higher Moral Ground.

    But it started to wear thin, and wear off. Facts started to dribble out, and I have used a version of Cluster’s comment many times —-“Yeah, I’m terrified of a lethal disease so deadly that I would have to be tested to see if I have it”. Some governors refused to fall in line, more and more citizens challenged this, and pretty soon it became obvious that a new bludgeon would have to be found or created.

    Now they are admitting that they think vaccines will do the trick—and more to the point, that the goal is to administer freedoms, to dole them out only to those who bend the knee to the Authority.

    • Retired Spook April 2, 2021 / 12:37 pm

      See? Pay more attention to Spook, guys, and his Rules of Holes. Stand back and let them dig themselves in deeper

      In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not originate the Rule of Holes, although I may have been the first one to mention it on this blog. If anyone deserves credit, it is Amazona, who, as far as I know, DID orignate the Second Rule of Holes — “If your adversary is in a hole, hand him a shovel.”

      The rule that I DID come up with — I’ve never assigned it a formal name — “If your adversary is engaged in self-immolation, the best strategy is to hide the fire extinguishers and get the hell out of the way.”

      Meanwhile, the state of Indiana (and most local governments around me) are ending the mask mandate on April 6th. Businesses may continue it, but, IMHO, they do so at their own financial peril. Most people have had it!

    • Amazona April 2, 2021 / 12:52 pm

      I sure wish Trump had his social media thing going. I don’t know if Facebook and Twitter will tolerate messages like “The Left now admits it wants to decide who can have which freedoms. Anything the government can give, the government can take away, so if we accept their theory that freedom is something they can control and “give” to us if we do what they want us to do then we are also giving them the power to take those freedoms away.”

  5. Retired Spook April 2, 2021 / 12:53 pm

    Speaking of HALLELUJA.

    The Arkansas state Senate voted this week to block federal law enforcement officials enforcing certain gun laws and regulations, sending a bill to the state House in the midst of congressional gun-control proposals.

    The Senate voted 28-7 to approve the measure, which will then be sent to the House. Arkansas’ Legislature is overwhelmingly Republican.

    “All acts, law, orders, rules, and regulations of the United States Government, whether past, present, or future, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Arkansas Constitution, Article 2, [Section] 5, are invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state,” according to the text of the bill.

    Hopefully, more will follow.

    • Mark Noonan April 2, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      And I saw a report the other day where Missouri is considering forming Minuteman units – it is what must be done. The States must revive their Militia to ensure that they have armed, organized forces which can contest unconstitutional actions on the ground.

    • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 11:35 am

      And here we have an example of state legislatures asserting the powers given to them by the Constitution and resisting the Left’s efforts to constantly expand the size, scope and power of the federal government.

      I suggest that because there is strength in numbers the Republican governors band together (if they aren’t already doing this) to support each other and provide united opposition to Leftist overreach. This is why we need to focus more on our state governments.

  6. Retired Spook April 2, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    I’ve noticed over the past week that a bunch of Never Trump Republicans have started to write things along the line of, “I was hoping Biden would prove a moderate”.

    I would not want to be them when the shooting starts. We expect the radical Left to act the way they do. The majority of Never Trump Republicans, however, have advocated for the actions that Trump actually took their whole lives, and quite frankly, I don’t buy that they were just so blinded by their hatred for the guy that they forgot what they were for.

    • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 11:21 am

      I don’t buy that they were just so blinded by their hatred for the guy that they forgot what they were for.

      I disagree. I think that their egos and their emotions were so powerful they showed the shallowness of their prior stated political philosophies, but that the driving force was sheer hatred. It might have originated in hurt feelings at being ignored when they thought they should be celebrated, it might have been pique at having a president who didn’t turn to them as advisers or confidantes, it could have been all sorts of purely emotional triggers that drove them into admitting their feels mattered more than their alleged political convictions.

      I also think a lot of it stemmed from a kind of outrage. Think of all the howling about Trump’s “character”. That seemed to be the focal point of the NT furor, and I think it was a sense of unfairness that someone they thought of as so awful was still getting all the power and all the attention while they, the self-appointed examples of personal and political virtue, were being left behind. I saw a lot of juvenile whining that amounted to “It’s just not FAIR!!! I did all the right stuff and he didn’t and he is the winner and it just isn’t FAIR!!!”

      I see them as the pointy-headed academic types endlessly fussing about how to untie Gordian knots and then just getting very upset when Trump refused to get sucked into the tar pit of endless discussion and just cut through them and moved on. Their identities were wrapped up in how long and how well they ANALYZED things, and Trump screwed that all up by just slashing through what had them so paralyzed and then moving on to the next problem that needed to be solved. They and all their pseudo-intellectual musings were left high and dry and more important, irrelevant, and they never forgave him for that.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 11:30 am

        According to Greek mythology, when the peasant Gordius became king of Gordium in Phrygia, he dedicated his wagon to Jupiter and fastened its yoke to a beam with a very complex knot. Centuries later, when Alexander the Great arrived on the scene, he was told that he couldn’t conquer and rule Asia unless he proved himself worthy by untying the knot. Alexander quickly solved his problem – and gained a new kingdom – by slicing the knot in half with his sword. Since then, “Gordian knot” has become a term for a difficult problem, and the phrase “cut the Gordian knot” has become a popular way to describe a neat solution for an apparently insurmountable difficulty.

      • Retired Spook April 3, 2021 / 11:37 am

        I had not looked at it that way, although I suspect some, particularly life-long, self-identified mainstream Republicans (the ones we lovingly refer to as RINOs) were never for actually DOING the things that they advocated. Otherwise, they would have found a way to DO them.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 2:42 pm

        Otherwise, they would have found a way to DO them.

        That’s where that essential combination of instinctive grasp of problem solving and disregard for political cost have to coexist in the same person who then has the power to do something. In those regards Donald Trump was the perfect storm.

        I can’t imagine any of them having the understanding of the power and structure of the Bureaucratic State that Trump evinced, much less the stroke of brilliance that addressed part of it by moving some agency offices out to the Heartland. I felt confident that by the time Trump finished his second term only one or two federal agencies would have remained in the Beltway, and all would have been functioning with much smaller staffs and budgets, while he demanded of Congress “Do your job and legislate”.

        As I have explained to people who don’t understand why state sovereignty is so important, corruption is drawn to power. Drain most power out of the federal government and get it back to the states, where it belongs, and corruption will be diluted, or at least fragmented. Then those who want to use money or other inducements to manipulate government for personal gain can’t congregate in D.C where they can just stroll from one agency office to another—they would have to decide where to go. Austin? Sacramento? Albany? And with power fragmented, successful corruption of one state doesn’t automatically affect all the others, the way the whole nation is affected when the power is concentrated in the federal government. People understand this, if it is possible to get the dialogue going.

        The same thing is true of federal agencies. If they have to exist, they should be scattered around the country. The mental image of lobbyists scurrying from Saint Louis to Grand Junction to wherever is a lovely one.

        Both of these redistributions of power were Trump agendas, but I doubt that Bill Kristol or Jonah Goldberg would have had the vision to imagine this kind of solution even if they did grasp the inherent problem of consolidation of authority.

  7. Cluster April 2, 2021 / 1:17 pm

    Re: immigration. What gives America the right to rob Central America of their most precious resource? … their children. We are not only in the process of destroying our country, but we are also in the process destroying Central American countries too by encouraging their citizens to abandon their own countries based on empty promises from American fascists with a political agenda. We don’t have that right and someone more prominent with stronger character than any of our elected politicians needs to step up and say these truths.

    • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 11:05 am

      You make valid point, Cluster—we are helping destroy the futures of many Central American countries, encouraging their most productive adults and their children to leave instead of to stay and become part of building better nations at home. They are leaving their countries to the tyrannies of the ruling elites, while we bleed off the very people those countries need to eventually throw off their shackles and prosper.

      And we are at the same time dooming many of them to subsistence-level lives here, as well as encouraging exposure to the hazards of travel and border crossing, many of which are lethal We are actively contributing to child abuse, rape, human trafficking and extortion. All to shore up political power here in the United States.

      This, and abortion, are the two most egregious human rights violations of this century, and both are due exclusively to Democrat political agendas and actions.

      • Cluster April 3, 2021 / 4:44 pm

        110% correct. And these are the “enlightened “ people.

      • Cluster April 3, 2021 / 5:01 pm

        Sandy Cortez referred to the border crisis as a result of “imperialism” and little does she know how right she is. Ironically though it is her and the Democrat party’s imperialism that is to blame. The Democrat party is using and destroying Central American lives and countries to feed their never ending lust for power and control. These are truly sick and evil people.

      • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 11:45 am

        Sandy does have a tendency to latch onto words and then use them without knowing what they really mean.
        Example 1: By definition, imperialism refers to a form of governance that involves the extension of power or dominion of a powerful country by gaining control of areas beyond its borders. The extension of power usually involves the exertion of power in many forms such as military ones.

        Another example sometimes given is: Imperialism definition is – the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence.

        Well, allowing people from other nations to flow across our borders doesn’t have anything to do with “direct territorial acquisitions” and it’s hard to see how allowing impoverished nations avoid their responsibilities for their own people by assuming those responsibilities in our own country thousands of miles away could be considered taking “…control over the political or economic life” of those countries.

        Therefore, as usual, she just blathers on and on, searching mindlessly for buzz words that might generate a Pavlovian response in her equally mindless followers. “RACISM!” “WHITE SUPREMACY!” “IMPERIALISM!” She bellows her words and a few obediently drool, while the rest of us snicker.

        The only thing I find even vaguely interesting about the little bartender is her willingness, if not eagerness, to beclown herself. She really does seem to lack the ability to be embarrassed by her expressions of sheer stupidity.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 4:56 pm

        Not just enlightened but constantly claiming to occupy the Higher Moral Ground

      • Retired Spook April 4, 2021 / 1:29 pm

        She really does seem to lack the ability to be embarrassed by her expressions of sheer stupidity.

        The inability to feel embarrassment or shame has become a primary prerequisite for membership in the Progressive club. We Conservatives have our share of stupid people, but it’s a completely different kind of stupid.

  8. Amazona April 3, 2021 / 11:25 am

    Andrew Wilcow has coined a great, and relevant, term: “the Zero Liability Voter“.

    These voters, the most reliable part of the Democrat base, don’t care about debt being incurred on the necks of our grandchildren, as a good many of them have been on the public dole over generations. Their grandchildren won’t be paying. Mine will. Democrats have long taken advantage of that, to the detriment of the financial well-being of these United States. That in turn, takes us back to the vision of the Framers.

    The Framers believed that the people deciding the fate of this country on a day-to-day basis, ought to have some skin in the game. Those who do not, yet are able to participate in deciding how the Treasury spends funds provided by other citizens, become in the words of Andrew Wilkow, Zero Liability Voters. They’re like a diner in a restaurant who orders all the expensive stuff off the menu, yet are nowhere to be found when the waiter presents the bill. I find it morally indefensible that those who provide no contribution to the kitty are allowed such a voice in deciding how the money is spent. That needs to change.

    • dbschmidt April 4, 2021 / 12:15 pm

      That article among others led me several others which final left me at one called: Cipolla’s five basic laws of human stupidity. The stupid person, the intelligent. the bandit and the helpless. We can fit people into each of these quite easily and really makes me think of “Obama Money” Where did he get it? “Obama’s Stash” type of people. Even though he draws it as four quadrants they are not equally populated with most falling between stupid & helpless and it is quite simple to categorize the “Bandits.” What this does point out is what an incredible climb we have ahead.

      • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 12:54 pm

        I went to your link and among the many accurate statements about the stupid I think this one sums up the answer to a question we are always asking here, which is “why do these people vote for the system that harms them as well as hurting the rest of us”? Why do black people vote for the party of anti-black racism? Why do Jews support the anti-Semitic Left?

        Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

        The author also points out
        Law 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.

        That is, that stupidity is a variable that remains constant across all populations. Every category one can imagine—gender, race, nationality, education level, income—possesses a fixed percentage of stupid people.

        The author of the treatise on stupidity concludes: emphasis mine

        We can do nothing about the stupid. The difference between societies that collapse under the weight of their stupid citizens and those who transcend them are the makeup of the non-stupid. Those progressing in spite of their stupid possess a high proportion of people acting intelligently, those who counterbalance the stupid’s losses by bringing about gains for themselves and their fellows.

        Declining societies have the same percentage of stupid people as successful ones. But they also have high percentages of helpless people and, Cipolla writes, “an alarming proliferation of the bandits with overtones of stupidity.”

        “Such change in the composition of the non-stupid population inevitably strengthens the destructive power of the [stupid] fraction and makes decline a certainty,” Cipolla concludes. “And the country goes to Hell.”

        Interesting article, DB, and every time I read it I got a little more out of it. I think the key point is that stupidity as he discusses it is independent of IQ—that one can be technically intelligent but at the same time qualify as stupid if he consistently acts indifferent to his own self interest but in so doing causes harm to others.

      • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 5:39 pm

        This reminds me of a favorite poster from the company whose motto is “We’re not happy till you’re not happy”. That particular poster says None of us is as dumb as all of us.

        Another is Government—–If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.

      • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 8:11 pm

        Looking at the site I saw another poster that applies to Biden voters:

        No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.

  9. Amazona April 3, 2021 / 12:14 pm

    OPEC, Russia Agree To Drop Oil Prices To Wipe Out Competition (emphasis mine)

    International oil cartel OPEC and its allies said they may drop crude prices again in response to an unfriendly stance by the Biden administration and attempts by Iran to reenter the market.

    “The reality that remains that global picture is far from even and the recovery is far from complete,” stated Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy.

    During Thursday’s meeting in Vienna, OPEC and Russia agreed to increase oil output in the coming three months to balance out oil prices and remove unnecessary competition from the market.

    So we block oil and gas exploration in the United States, making us dependent on foreign oil, and then have to deal with foreign intervention in our markets to undermine what is left of the industry in this country and shut it down.

    Thanks, Biden voters. Oh, BTW, is Putin now your buddy, now that his meddling in our economy is in support of something you like?

  10. Amazona April 3, 2021 / 3:10 pm

    CNN makes a valiant effort to try journalism by not leaping to conclusions until they have verified information from other sources. Therefore they did not commit to a description of the car used in the attack at the national capital.

    Phil Mattingly
    Apr 2
    shot shows what appears to be a blue car that crashed into the barrier on the Senate side street entrance into the Capitol complex,

    Note that CNN did not commit to the vehicle actually being a “car” or that the color was “blue”.

    I do think that an investigative journalist could quickly have found a qualified witness to state that yes, this was a car, and yes, it was blue. Maybe we should give them credit for trying.

    • Cluster April 3, 2021 / 4:41 pm

      Yet they can spot white supremacy from miles away. With clarity.

      • Amazona April 3, 2021 / 4:55 pm

        You got it.

  11. Cluster April 4, 2021 / 9:06 am

    I love to see people start to wake up. And this was said on national tv to a large audience.Great job Charles

    “Man, I think most white people and black people are great people,” Barkley said. “I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power.”

    “They divide and conquer. I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class. I truly believe that in my heart,” he said.

    On another note, the Gonzaga/UCLA semi final game may have been the best college basketball game I have ever seen. Those kids played their hearts out.

    • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 11:46 am

      I hope this message spreads among communities of every skin tone

  12. Retired Spook April 4, 2021 / 10:05 am

    Have a blessed Easter everyone. There is hope.

    • Cluster April 4, 2021 / 2:56 pm

      He has Risen … God Bless you all

    • Amazona April 4, 2021 / 5:40 pm

      I hope you all have also had a blessed Easter

  13. Amazona April 5, 2021 / 11:23 am

  14. Amazona April 5, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    In a speech, Janet Yellen argued for a global minimum corporate tax rate, as the Biden administration looks for ways to fund its infrastructure plan.

    The move is part of the administration’s effort to help raise revenue in the United States and prevent companies from shifting profits overseas to evade taxes.

    Interesting. This appears to be

    (1) A move toward American imperialism, as it would be the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence over other nations, while (2) simultaneously echoing the National Socialist policies of 1930s Germany by exerting government control over private industry

  15. Cluster April 5, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    Seems to me like Obama spoke at length about repairing “roads and bridges” in 2009. What do you suppose happened?

    • Retired Spook April 5, 2021 / 3:28 pm

      “The shovel-ready jobs weren’t quite as shovel ready” as they thought, and they bailed out union pension funds instead. You would think that most Americans would be wise to the government version of the Shell Game by now.

      • Cluster April 5, 2021 / 3:37 pm

        You would think wouldn’t you? Unfortunately we have too many good Germans in this country. Like Fielding.

      • fieldingclaymore April 6, 2021 / 9:58 am

        Am I stabbing the father land in the back Cluster?

      • Amazona April 6, 2021 / 10:31 am

        Oh. fielding, your simpering little efforts to get attention are pretty pathetic. You don’t even try to make sense.

      • Retired Spook April 6, 2021 / 11:07 am

        Hard to empathize with someone who continually ignores the old adage, “better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” I’ve always wondered if Fielding beats himself every morning when he gets up.

      • fieldingclaymore April 6, 2021 / 1:01 pm

        You guys are all smarter than me. Weren’t you all falling all over yourselves about the Kraken lawsuit? LOL

        Blogs For Bush LOL

      • Amazona April 8, 2021 / 9:08 pm

        Smarter than I, not “smarter than me”.

        Bush won.


      • Cluster April 6, 2021 / 2:06 pm

        Hey Fielding was the guy who fell for Hope and Change and the “roads and bridges” schtick 11 years ago so you know the adage when you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything and Fielding has shown me time and time again that he has no spine and laps up everything the ruling class shoves down his throat.

      • Retired Spook April 6, 2021 / 2:15 pm

        You guys are all smarter than me.

        Everyone is smarter than you. A house plant is smarter than you.

  16. Retired Spook April 6, 2021 / 9:25 am

    Now that MLB has moved the All Star Game out of Atlanta, any bets as to whether or not the commissioner will resign his membership in Augusta National Golf Club? Personally, I think if he doesn’t, August National should kick him out.

    • Amazona April 6, 2021 / 10:29 am

      Good point, Spook, but these people only virtue signal in ways that affect OTHER people, not themselves.

      • Retired Spook April 6, 2021 / 10:39 am

        It’s a universal trait.

  17. Amazona April 6, 2021 / 11:10 am

    Dr. Paul E. Alexander, a Canadian epidemiologist, wrote: “Surgical and cloth masks, used as they currently are, have absolutely no impact on controlling the transmission of Covid-19 virus, and current evidence implies that face masks can be actually harmful.” (American Institute for Economic Research, Feb. 11, 2021.)

    Roger W. Koops, who has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, wrote: “A ‘mask,’ and that term usually refers to either a SURGICAL mask or N95 mask, has no benefit in the general population and is only useful in controlled clinical settings. Further, it has been considered a greater transmission risk than a benefit in the general population. … In the open environment, no one should be wearing face coverings.” (American Institute for Economic Research, Oct. 16, 2020.)

    Finally, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 21, 2020, concluded: “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

    In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic Back to that Cognitive Dissonance thing, where the emotional knee-jerk reaction of SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE!! results in actions that really don’t do anything to address the problem but just make people feel that they are DOING SOMETHING.

    • Retired Spook April 6, 2021 / 12:06 pm

      Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal.

      Many mask requirements, such as requiring a mask from the front door of a restaurant to your table, but not at the table; or from the front door of a church to the pew but not IN the pew are completely contradictory of the actual science. While bureaucrats in the medical community/government preface everything with “follow the science.” their directives rarely do.

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